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Date:-   10 July 2006

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Web savvy Brits making £341 EACH online a year

BROADBAND equals big bucks for millions of enterprising Brits, a new study reveals.  54% are making money by selling items online says the poll of over 1,000 adults commissioned by Orange Broadband to celebrate its current free broadband offer.

They've made a total of £8.5bn nationwide in the past year alone - that's a whopping average of £341 each! In fact it's true to say that broadband
internet has truly recreated Britain's great tradition as a 'nation of shopkeepers'.  And it's the money hungry 30-somethings who are raking in the most cash.  Of those admitting to making money online in the last 12 months, 11.9% claim to have made profits of at least £500.

Free services by companies such as Orange Broadband, have opened up access to the net for many. The 'always on' element of broadband, coupled with the faster speeds it provides, means that customers can get online and make their money in next to no time.

Philip Mehl, managing director of sales and communications at Orange Broadband commented:- "We knew that offering free broadband would help save Brits a few pounds, but we didn't realise they would find it quite so lucrative".

But it's not just the chance to make money that is keeping the nation plugged into the internet - vanity and the chance to meet like minded others are also starting to play their part. 63.6% of posing pollsters aged between 26 and 30 have set up their online profiles through networking sites plus almost a 3rd admit to spending 11 or more evenings a month at their computers despite having the opportunity to go out and meet their friends. 18.2% have also created
their own personal website and 4.5% are frequent

The North West Air Ambulance Rearrange Music and Laughter In The Air Event

DUE to unforeseen circumstances, the NorthWest Air Ambulance regrets that its "Music and Laughter in the Air" star studded show on Tuesday 11 July 06 at the Liverpool Empire has been postponed until the Autumn.

The NWAA apologises to everyone who has bought tickets and hopes they will be able to attend the rescheduled event when announced.

Capital of Street Culture

HUB 2006 is set to be the biggest yet, with the Liverpool Culture Company promising a weekend packed with music and extreme sports, attracting thousands of visitors.  The jewel in HUB's crown is a brand new dirt jump - making the festival 1 of only 2 chances to see 1 in the UK this year. The jump will be used to perform some of the world's most daring BMX stunts, as well as giving amateurs a chance to prove themselves on a professional surface.

Also new for 2006 is a professional break-dancing competition. Dance acts from as far a field as the Caribbean and Turkey will battle it out to be named the ultimate bboy crew, and take a share of this year's HUB Open prize pot of £4000.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said:- "What marks Liverpool out from other cities is our determination to actively embrace all types of culture, and celebrate the contribution that a huge variety of diverse groups make to the rich cultural tapestry of the city.  HUB is a unique event, showcasing the very best of urban culture, and attracting thousands of young people every year. We have continued to build and develop the festival over the past four years, working with industry professionals to ensure that we're delivering something really relevant and up-to-date."

This year, HUB moves from its usual Pier Head home to a brand new location at Otterspool Promenade. The action gets underway over the weekend of July 22 and 23, with a packed programme of music and entertainment on both days from noon until 7pm.

Neil Danns, Liverpool's former World Skate Champion, said:- "The addition of a dirt jump at HUB really is a massive coup for the festival, as it's 1 of only 2 events of its kind taking place in the UK this year.  Installing the dirt jump is a huge operation, taking around a week to complete, but it's a massive crowd draw and we're expecting it to attract competitors from across Europe. Spectators can look forward to really spectacular performances, with the track providing a great stage for some the world's hardest and most impressive tricks."

Visitors to HUB this year can also look forward to the biggest skate park ever seen at the event, plus a massive 250 metres of graffiti hoardings, created by an international team of street artists.

Jason Harborow, Chief Executive of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "HUB is one of a portfolio of core cultural events which are fast establishing a fantastic reputation, and attracting a really strong following.  I'm thrilled with the way the festival has grown over the past 4 years, and I think it's a great example of an innovative event that reaches out to a group often ignored by mainstream cultural activity."

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